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Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 20:47:57 -0400
From: (S. W. Falken)
Subject: COMPLETELY disable your Daytime Running Lights

!!!WARNING: DON'T DO THIS, IT'S A SAFETY HAZARD!!! Brought to you by (nothing to do with anything officially Saab, period). Many people have asked me about this, as well as the Xenon headlamp replacements. I haven't had complete success with the Xenon thing, so at least I can bring you this article for now. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- DIRECTIONS: Go to your Saab dealer and ask to have them disable your Daytime Running Lights with the Tech-2 module. They will send you home. Now that you are home, open the fuse panel inside the car (it's under my airbag in my 1998 9000 CSE). Find the fuse marked DRL (mine is towards the end of the fuse numbers) and pull it out. Place it in the Spare Fuses (never hurts to have an extra). Now switch your ligths OFF with the car's electrical on while it's started. Wow! Your lights are off for the first time! Now switch to the parking (middle) position. Wow! They are ALMOST off but kind of "glow". Let's get rid of the "glow". Turn the car off and open the hood. On my left side (if you are sitting in the dirver's seat) this was easy. My headlamps are split into two parts. It's under and to the right of the right portion of the headlamp. Find the two wires under and to the right of the larger headlamp connection and twist it (use pliers) and pull it out. There is a pinky- sized bulb in there. Pull it out and put the connector back in and twist it to lock to prevent water from getting in. The right side was a LITTLE more difficult. Leave your car for a while and let it cool off to make sure you don't accidentally burn yourself on hot parts even though we pretty much stay away from the inside of the engine compartment. Pop the hood. Unscrew the grille, pull it up to clear the post and remove it. Unscrew the two screws above the headlamp and pop the two posts out to release the headlamp assembly. I had to stick the pliers INSIDE the car then graps the clip for the lamp from the side and twist as there was not enough clearance to just do it from the side because of the REAL headlamp casing bulging out. So then remove this bulb. Replace everything and screw it back in and you're done. Keep the bulbs, do NOT be afraid to handle them. They are not halogen and touching them will not ruin them. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Small soapbox: I wanted to pass this on to other people like me who have been frustrated by the Daytime Running Lights, which in my case is simply because I think I am intelligent enough to operate my headlamp switch without Saab's help. Personally, I leave all lights on ALL the time. However, when pulling into driveways or other places at night I feel it unnecessary to blind my friends that might be waiting for me or having a smoke in the driveway. This way I can use the parking/fog lights which are not annoying and still see my way to parking. Enjoy. B.S. Disclaimer: If you think you can hold me responsible for some kind of legal action because you read my article and messed up your car or hit someone because you left your ligths off or something, good luck. ahs never made a DOLLAR so that's all you'd be able to get out of me. :)

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